Samsung Electronics is exping its portfolio of E smartphones with an international version of the Galaxy Express with a lower price tag to help make the technology accessible to more users.
Global E smartphone shipments are expected to triple this year, allowing the technology to take off on a grer scale driving down device prices, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.
Samsung doesn’t say what the Galaxy Express will cost, but the specifications provided by the vendor hint at a lower price tag. The smartphone runs Android 4.1 on a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, has a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels a 5-megapixel camera.
th the exception of the processor, it’s the same spec as AT&T’s existing U.S. version of the Galaxy Express, which has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor costs $450.
The international Galaxy Express can access E networks in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz 2600MHz bs. Today, 1800MHz is used in almost 60 commercial E networks around the globe, making it the most popular E spectrum b. The 39 countries where 1800MHz is used for E include Australia, Germany, Italy, pan, South Africa, South Korea the U.K., according to industry organization GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association). Including the other frequency bs, the phone can now be used in 55 countries, according to GSA’s estimates.
E smartphone shipments will grow from 90.9 million units in 2012 to 275 million in 2013, according to Strategy Analytics.
By the end of 2013, there will be numerous mid-range models available for under $200 wholesale, according to Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. However, E won’t start to spread to the low-priced devices until 2014 or 2015, he said.